Laura Renwick predictably dominated the European Cup six-year-old final on the Vilamoura Atlantic tour, taking three of the top four places.
Eighteen of the original 39 posted clears today in this the second round of the final to go forward to the jump-off, but Laura ruled all the way. She has dominated the young horse classes throughout this tour and claimed the top three places in the first six-year-old final here two weeks ago.
On this occasion, British-based Spaniard Antonio Marinas Soto spoiled her total domination, but nevertheless she galloped to a win on the home-bred Parco/Tristan De Quelen mare Symphony with 0.19 sec in hand.
Antonio brought IEP (Zambesi/Epilot) into second with Laura taking third aboard Claretina (Clarimo/Caretino) and another home-bred Sky’s The Limit (No Limit/Tristan De Quelen) in fourth.
"I'm so proud of them all, they've been really consistent, I'm really excited for the future with them," said Laura.
Clear rounds came thick and fast with 10 providing treble clears, Jackson Reed-Stephenson filling fifth place on Cevin’s Heartbreaker (Cevin Z/Heartbreaker) with Laura Mantel in sixth aboard yet another of Laura Renwick’s quality youngsters, MHS Alabama (OBOS Quality 004/Cavalier Royale).
Four faults marred the final rounds of other Brits – Chloe Aston taking 11th on Nistria Chanti Z, Emma Stoker in 12th on Q Seven, Daniel Moseley 13th on SFS Damascus and Mennell Watson’s Extreem Forest in 16th.
Brits were on form in the first round of the European Cup seven-year-old final, filling the top three places. Graham Babes shot to the top on the consistent Ma Fleur JS – a winner several times over on this tour – the Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Cassini II mare winning by 0.67 sec. Laura Renwick guided the home-bred Maverick (Diamant De Semilly/Heartbreaker) into second with Laura Mantel bringing the Cornet Obolensky daughter Muna VD Bisschop into third. Emma Stoker provided a steadier clear on Happyness to take ninth in the 28-strong 1.45m class.
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